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This Week on Stage: Frank Sinatra on the dance floor in 'Come Fly Away'

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Image Credit: Joan MarcusStarting yesterday, Frank Sinatra made a grand return to New York City. Well, his undeniable influence truly never really left the city, but the stage musical by famed choreographer Twyla Tharp (Movin’ Out) that uses all of his songs opened at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre to much fanfare. And strong reviews! Including mine, where I gave it an A– and said that the dance-infused show was “escapism at its best” and, overall, “a delicious love note to Ol’ Blue Eyes.” If you like dance and Sinatra — and who doesn’t? — this is the show for you.

Also opening this week were two plays. First was the revival a Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie that struck EW’s Jeff Labrecque so well that he awarded it an A and called it a “crafty Off Broadway revival that probes the nerves of its characters so mercilessly that the audience can inhale their desperation and remorse.” Jennifer Armstrong saw Frances McDormand and former ER star Maura Tierney in North Atlantic, her return to work after fighting cancer and dropping out of NBC’s new Parenthood. She gave the comedic play a B– and commented, specifically, that Tierney “is at her sexy-cool best as the unlucky nurse who’s caught a visiting general’s eye.”

Besides the week’s openings and a smattering of announcements (which you can find after the jump), the other big news of the week was Will & Grace alum Megan Mullally’s exit from the upcoming Broadway production Lips Together, Teeth Apart. The play’s producers initially alluded to looking for a replacement, but quickly announced the show’s indefinite postponement.

If you’re looking for some live theater, check out the EW.com Stage hub for up-to-date news and reviews; or consult this handy guide, which includes links to all of our stage reviews of current shows. (Note: The reviews are typically of performances with the show’s original cast.)

BROADWAY

The Addams Family — Musical; opens 4/8/2010

All About Me —– Musical Revue starring Dame Edna Everage and Michael Feinstein; opened 3/18/10; EW grade: B-

American Idiot — Musical; opens 4/20/2010

A Behanding in Spokane — Comedy starring Christopher Walken; opened 3/4/10; EW grade: B+

Billy Elliot — Musical; opened 11/13/08; EW grade: B+

La Cage Aux Folles — Musical Revival starring Kelsey Grammer; opens 4/18/10

Chicago — Musical Revival; opened 11/14/1996; EW grade: A+

Collected Stories — Drama Revival starring Linda Lavin; opens 4/28/10

Come Fly Away — Musical created, choreographed, and directed by Twyla Tharp; opens 3/25/10; EW grade: A–

ENRON — Drama starring Norbert Leo Butz; opens 4/27/10

Fela! — Musical; opened 11/23/2009; EW grade: B+

Fences — Drama Revival starring Denzel Washington; opens 4/26/10 – 7/11/10

God of Carnage — Comedy starring Jeff Daniels and Lucy Liu; opened 3/22/2009 (original review); EW grade: A-

Hair — Musical Revival; opened 3/31/2009; EW grade: A-

In the Heights — Musical starring Corbin Bleu; opened 2/14/2009; EW grade: B+

Jersey Boys — Musical; opened 11/7/2005; EW grade: A

Lend Me a Tenor — Comedy Revival starring Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, and Justin Bartha; opens 4/4/10

The Lion King — Musical; opened 11/13/1997; EW grade: A+

A Little Night Music — Musical Revival starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury; opened 12/13/09; EW grade: B+

Looped — Drama starring Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead; opened 3/14/10; EW grade: C-

Love Never Dies — Musical sequel to Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber; opens 11/11/10

Mamma Mia! — Musical; opened 10/18/2001; EW grade: B+

Mary Poppins — Musical; opened 11/16/2009; EW grade: A-

Memphis — Musical; opened 10/19/2009; EW grade: C+

Million Dollar Quartet — Musical; opens 4/11/10

The Miracle Worker — Drama Revival starring Abigail Breslin; opened 3/3/10; EW grade: B-

Next Fall — Drama; opened 3/11/10; EW grade: A-

Next to Normal — Musical; opened 4/19/2009; EW grade: A

The Phantom of the Opera — Musical; opened 1/26/1988

Present Laughter — Comedy Revival starring Victor Garber; opened 1/21/2010 – 3/21/10; EW grade: B-

Promises, Promises — Musical Revival starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth; opens 4/25/10

Race — Drama starring James Spader and Kerry Washington; opened 12/6/2009; EW grade: C

Red — Drama starring Alfred Molina; opens 4/1/10 – 6/13/10

Rock of Ages — Musical; opened 4/7/2009; EW grade: C+

Sondheim on Sondheim — Musical Revue; opens 4/22/10 – 6/13/10

South Pacific — Musical Revival; opened 4/3/2008; EW grade: A

Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark — Musical starring Alan Cumming; opens 2010

Time Stands Still — Drama starring Laura Linney; opened 1/28/2010 – 3/27/10; EW grade: A–

A View From the Bridge Drama Revival starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson; opened 1/24/2010 4/4/2010; EW grade: B+

West Side Story — Musical Revival; opened 3/19/2009; EW grade: B

Wicked — Musical; opened 10/30/03; EW grade: B

OFF BROADWAY

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps — Comedy; reopened 3/25/10; EW grade: B+

Avenue Q — Musical; reopened 10/21/2009; EW grade: A

The Book of Grace Drama; opened 3/17/10 – 4/4/10; EW grade: C

Blue Man Group — Special Performance; opened 11/11/1991

EquivocationDrama; opens 3/2/10 – 3/28/10; EW grade: C+

The Fantasticks — Musical Revival; opened 6/16/2008; EW grade: B+

The Glass Menagerie — Drama revival; opened 3/24/10; EW grade: A

Love, Loss, and What I Wore — Drama; opened 10/1/2009; EW grade: B+

Mr. & Mrs. Fitch — Comedy starring John Lithgow and Jennifer Ehle; opened 2/22/10 – 4/4/10; EW grade: B+

North AtlanticPlay starring Maura Tierney; opened 3/23/10; EW grade: B–

The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part I — Drama; opened 11/20/2009 – 5/8/10; EW grade: A-

The Orphan’s Home Cycle, Part II Drama; opened 12/17/09 – 5/8/10; EW grade: B+

The Orphan’s Home Cycle, Part III — Drama; opens 1/26/10 – 5/8/10; EW grade: A

Our Town — Drama Revival; opened 2/26/2009 – 3/14/10; EW grade: A-

The Pride — Drama starring Hugh Dancy and Ben Whishaw; opens 2/16/10 – 3/28/10; EW grade: B

The Scottsboro Boys Musical starring John Cullum; opened 3/10/10 – 4/18/10; EW grade: B

Stomp — Special Performance; opened 2/27/1994

Stuffed and Unstrung — Comedy for adults featuring Henson puppets; opens 4/1/10

When the Rain Stops Falling — Drama starring Victoria Clark and Mary Beth Hurt; opened 3/8/10; EW grade: B-

ELSEWHERE

The 101 Dalmatians Musical (National tour) — Musical; EW grade: B-

August: Osage County (National tour with Estelle Parsons) — Drama; EW grade: A

Brief Encounter (Minneapolis) — Drama With Music; 2/11/10 – 4/10/10; EW grade: A

Dreamgirls (National tour with Syesha Mercado) — Musical; EW grade: B+

(Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened November 2004; EW grade: A-

LOVE (Las Vegas) — Musical Revue; opened 8/24/2006; EW grade: A-

Love Never Dies (London) — Musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber; opened 3/9/10; EW grade: C

Mary Poppins (National tour) — Musical; EW grade: B

Mystere (Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened 5/25/1993; EW grade: A

O (Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened October 1998; EW grade: A-

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (National tour) — Drama with Music; opened 1/6/10; EW grade: B-

Zumanity (Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened September 2003; EW grade: C

More Stage coverage from EW.com:

Dame Edna is co-hosting ‘The View.’ Right now.

Megan Mullally leaves Broadway play two weeks before start date

‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart’ postponed after Megan Mullally’s exit

EW Exclusive: Corbin Bleu extends his run in Broadway’s ‘In the Heights’ through July 25

Robin Wright to star in Broadway revival of ‘Talley’s Folly’

Tony Kushner’s newest show headed to New York